Thousands of aircraft carrier sailors visiting | Guam News

When the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt pulled into Naval Base Guam on Friday morning, it carried nearly 5,000 sailors, many of whom will have a chance for some rest and recreation on the island this weekend. The aircraft carrier’s visit also allowed several sailors who serve on the carrier – and who call Guam home – to be reunited with friends and family. Several local families were at the pier to greet their Guam sons and daughters when the aircraft carrier arrived. One of them, sailor Scott Sabalboro, was…

WW3 fears: How US could be dragged into terrifying China conflict without firing a bullet | World | News

The flashpoint in question involves China and Japan in the East China Sea, where the two countries are competing over ownership of the Senkaku Islands. Located northeast of Taiwan. the islands have been under Tokyo’s rule since 1985, barring a brief period after World War 2 when the US controlled the territory. Over the past 120 years or so, Japanese citizens have privately owned the archipelago, but have also endured an emerging challenge from China in the last few decades. Beijing sought to claim sovereignty over the Senkaku chain in…

Asia Times | Hun Manet’s China visit fuels speculation

It was quite a coup for Hun Sen. Last week, the Cambodian prime minister traveled to Beijing to meet with President Xi Jinping, who hadn’t made a public appearance for more than week at the time. Given his usual ubiquitousness, and given that the Chinese Communist Party is facing one of its most taxing challenges in decades with the coronavirus outbreak, Xi’s absence has been puzzling – and led to all sorts of rumors, from an illness or possible stroke to even a palace coup. But not only did Xi…

Duterte should not rush Chinese infrastructure investments

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enters the final years of his term in office, he has fast-tracked approval of big-ticket Chinese infrastructure projects with gusto. In a brazen violation of constitutional principles on separation of powers, the firebrand Filipino leader has even threatened judicial institutions against reviewing potentially questionable deals with Beijing. While these projects vindicate Duterte’s promise of large-scale Chinese investments, they could also represent a significant threat to the Philippines’ national security and long-term strategic interests. Key institutions, including the Philippine defense establishment, must ensure proper review and,…

Coronavirus Scare Strands Couple Weeks Away From Marriage on Cruise Ship – NBC 7 San Diego

Two Torrey Pines High School graduates just weeks away from marriage are stuck on a cruise ship in the South China Sea due to coronavirus concerns on board. The captain said no one on board is sick, the delay is only the result of precautionary safety measures, the couple told NBC 7. The highschool sweethearts and the 1,455 other passengers on board have no idea when they’ll step foot on land. So, what was supposed to be a romantic pre-wedding cruise has turned into a stressful vacation with no end…

MH370 search latest: Fresh hope as mission to find missing plane to be resumed in MONTHS | World | News

MH370 went missing in 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the vanished plane shocked the world. But the Malaysian government and families of the missing passengers are investigating new options to determine what happened on the fateful day. Ocean Infinity, an American seabed exploration company founded in 2017, could be tasked with undertaking the new quest to find the plane. It is hoped Ocean Infinity will be able to find clues of where the plane disappeared to, and perhaps more evidence of it going down, such as…

WW3 warning: THREE ‘big concern’ flashpoints which could see deadly US conflict in 2020 | World | News

The US nonprofit think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations (COFR), has set up a ‘Conflict Tracker’ in which various political disputes are rated on danger as well as likelihood of conflict outbreak. The first key issue labelled a “big concern” that could see the US embroiled in a violent clash is Iran, after the two countries exchanged heavy military action at the start of the year. Hostility between Tehran and Washington has persisted for decades, but took a turn for the worse after US President Donald Trump abandoned the…

Perspective: Should U.S. military spending be reduced?

PRO – It’s time to put the needs of the people over the Pentagon By Robert Weissman Pentagon spending is, literally, out of control — and it is making America weaker, not stronger. It’s time — past time — for a fundamental reorientation of the federal government’s spending, with Pentagon spending slimmed and the resultant savings reallocated to address domestic and humanitarian priorities. The almost three-quarters of a billion dollars in the annual Pentagon budget doesn’t reflect any reasonable assessment of national security threats, common sense priority setting or any kind of…

Svalbard, Arctic tourist destination between North Pole, Norway, offers world peace tips

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size There’s a “very real danger” of running into polar bears in Svalbard, warns the official website for the Arctic tourist destination. Of course, the opportunity to spot a bear – from a safe distance – is one of the main reasons that travellers fly or sail to the archipelago, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. But adventurers not accompanied by guides are urged to pack flare guns, thunder flashes and a .308 Win calibre rifle with their hot drinks and GPS…